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Leave it alone and let it do it's thing 5 35.71%
Cut it in half 3 21.43%
Cut it into 4 peices 6 42.86%
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:45 PM   #1
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To cut or not to cut?

Ok after much debate amongst some of my reefer buddies it has been impressed upon me that my RBTA is too big and taking too long to split naturally. I've been advised to cut it up. I need some input from you guys to help me decide.


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I would be terrified to cut into it but that thing is getting quite massive. How hard is it to do? Do you know any local reefers that have done it that would be willing to do the dirty work for you?
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:50 PM   #4
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I bet your anemone doesn't think it's too big!

Let nature take it's course...
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:50 PM   #5
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Well, do you think it is too big? Is it interfering with coral health or limiting space for fish to maneuver around? I disagree with the length of time vs. splitting. There are no rules in reproductive behavior, but if you want to split it then by all means. Personally I like it the way it is if corals can be shuffled around it.
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It has been stinging nearby corals but I have moved most of them away. I have no problem leaving it alone but from what I have learned splitting it isn't that difficult and the anemone will recover quickly.

Just looking for more input.
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Old 01-17-2009, 12:06 AM   #7
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You are right in that splitting them isn't difficult as long as a clean cut is made with minimal lacerations. The biggest problem I see some make is that they lacerate and tear the tissue because of a dulled blade and creates a lovely anemone mush. Other than that having the cut anemones flushed and kept in good water flow with carbon (preferably in a quarantine tank if sloughing is excessive)
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Old 01-17-2009, 12:10 AM   #8
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I'm not 100% convinced I will do it yet. The anemone I have came from a local reefer that was cut from his brood stock. I've just never done it before and I don't want to kill my $90 anemone. It would be nice to cut it and have one to sell but that isn't what I'm looking for. The same guy I got mine from has videos on youtube of him cutting an anemone into 4 equal parts and all 4 did just fine. I just don't know....
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I can't really decide either. If you do cut it though i would go 4 peices. I mean your already cutting so you might as well get it small again and have 3 to sell
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Kind of what I was thinking as well. Also gives me spares in case one of them doesn't make it. From what i have learned they recover quickly and do well with being cut. I've been talking to a local guy (the one my RBTA came from) and he says do it. When they get as large as mine is it is a perfect opportunity to reduce their size and spread the wealth.

I'll video it when I do it and post to youtube and provide a link.
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